4 Lists for Personalized Self Care
I’ve talked a lot about self care this month, and you’ve probably heard about it from tons of other people as well. Honestly, that’s ok, because self care truly is important for your well-being. You’ll find self care lists, challenges, and different activity ideas all over the place. However, it’s not as easy to find information on how to truly personalize your self care. How do you choose self care activities that will actually work for you? Because the truth is, everyone is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. Today I have a simple activity to help you brainstorm personalized self care activities that are unique to you. You’ll notice that the simplest things from your daily life can be used as self activities! So let’s get started on your self care lists.Everyone is unique, and so is their self care Click To Tweet
1. Happy List
The happy list is your foundational list for personalized self care. Because honestly, self care should make you happy. If you ever try something for self care and it doesn’t bring you any kind of happiness, then it’s probably not for you. So take a second and write down all the things that make you happy. These can be things, places, smells, sights, people, tastes, anything that fills you with joy. It’s ok if some of these items end up on some of the lists you create after this one. That’s why the happy list is the foundational list. It’s the inspiration to really get into creating the following lists. Don’t think too much into this either! Simple things matter for self care too. It can be as simple as “the smell of coffee,” or “watching the ocean waves,” or “eating frozen yogurt.” The little things in life can bring you the most happiness.Simple things matter for self care too Click To Tweet
2. Hobby List
What do you do for fun? What about to relax? What do you get excited about? Your hobbies are definitely important for self care, because usually if you consider something a hobby that means you enjoy it! Do you play a sport? Create art? Journal? Hike? Bake? Read? Do photography? Play video games? Think about what you do in your spare time and write it all down.
3. Close Connections List
This personalized self care list is for the people who are close to you. The people who support you. The people that you feel comfortable going to for help, or just to vent. The people that you enjoy being around and spending quality time with. The people that know you best!
4. Pretty Places List
Where are your favorite places to spend time? This can be as simple as the “local coffee shop,” or “that chair in my backyard,” to as extravagant as “the rooftop of my grandparents home in Amman, Jordan (yes that’s my personal favorite 🙂 ) Do you enjoy a local park? What about a mall? Or the beach? A favorite restaurant? Or your balcony? Think of places that calm you down and bring you happiness.
Putting it all Together
You have your lists, so now what? Well, anything on these lists can be used as a self care activity! The point here is to realize that although “self care” may sound fancy and complicated, it’s really not. It’s about taking the time to do something that brings you happiness. It’s about stepping away from your busy work schedule for a second and taking a break to enjoy something you love. It’s about spending time with positive people in your life and utilizing them as your support system. It’s about being mindful of the little things that bring you joy.self care is about being mindful of the little things that bring you joy Click To Tweet
Now let’s do some math….
Yes, there’s a point behind these 4 lists that you just created. You can use each item on your lists as individual activities, or you can combine things from multiple lists. The lists are meant to get you to brainstorm.
For example, if I wrote “ice cream” on my happy list, “the beach” on my pretty places list, and “my best friend” on my close connections list, why not go have ice cream on the beach with my best friend? (sounds like an amazing time!)
Another example would be “reading” on my happy list, + “coffee shop” on the pretty places list. Reading + Coffee Shop = Some Bomb Self Care!
This might sound so basic, and you might think I’m crazy, but give it a try. It’s awesome to see how many combinations you can make. Creating the lists themselves also helps you realize that taking care of yourself isn’t as hard as you may think.Taking care of yourself isn't as hard as you may think Click To Tweet
You can download my free self care list templates to get started on this super easy activity! Comment below your favorite self care combos that you come up with from creating your lists 🙂